Preview: CloudFest

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Clouds over south London, by BLTP Photo, in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Few events organisers cross their fingers for a cloudy day. Yet it’s safe to assume that’s exactly what those behind CloudFest are doing.

CloudFest — taking place this Sunday — is held is the garden of the Bruce Grove Youth Centre in Tottenham. It’s a few doors down from the former house of amateur meteorologist Luke Howard. Though cloud gazing was a hobby for Howard, he is credited with naming the three principal cloud categories (that’s cumulus, stratus and cirrus, don’t you know) and earned a reputation as the Father of Meteorology.

The event marks the 150th anniversary year of Howard’s death, and invites people to get stuck into cloud art, cloud candyfloss, cloud-themed music, and Luke Howard pizzas (we look forward to seeing how they turn out).

Haringey’s Bruce Castle Museum will be also be on site, with a display about Howard and his work.

Though clouds take centre stage, CloudFest is also about something altogether more solid. Howard’s lodgings at Number 7 Bruce Grove is the the only Blue Plaque house in Tottenham, yet is in desperate need of repair. CloudFest organisers hope the event will raise awareness of this, and visitors can sign an open letter to English Heritage, voicing their support of restoration.

Cloudfest is at the Bruce Grove Youth Centre, 10 Bruce Road on Sunday July 6, from 11am-5pm. Entry is free. 

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